Enhancing awareness of the interdependence of systems engineering and safety, Systems Engineering and Safety: Building the Bridge covers systems engineering methodology, safety tools, and the management needed to build the bridge between these two disciplines. It underscores the relationship between the disciplines and how understanding the relationship can benefit your organization and industry.
The book lays out the purpose of the methodology of systems engineering and the tools of safety. It identifies the importance of management and the culture, commitment, communication, and coordination that management must provide. The author describes the systems engineering methodology: the lifecycle, processes, and management and the technical processes that systems engineers and safety professionals must be familiar with. He merges management, systems engineering, and safety into the lifecycle through project processes. Using real-world examples, he also examines the roles and responsibilities of management, and a breakdown theory of safety in the management processes: The Glismann Effect.
The strength of this book is that it can be read, understood, and hopefully acted upon by the chief executive officer of a corporation, right down to the line manager of systems engineering or the subject matter expert in the safety department. This value can be measured in cost savings, be it in the form of human, social, or financial capital.
Table of Contents
Purpose of Systems Engineering
Purpose of Safety
Need to Build the Bridge
Systems Engineering: Methodology
Systems Engineering Life Cycle
Systems Engineering Process
Systems Engineering Management
Role of Technical Processes
Requirements Definition Process
Requirements Analysis Process
Architectural Design Process
Verification and Validation (V&V) Process
Transition and Cutover Process
Role of Project Processes
Project Planning Process
Project Assessment and Control Process
Decision Management Process
Risk Management Process
Configuration Management Process
Information Management Process
Skills, Roles, and Responsibilities
Safety Breakdown Theory: The Glismann Effect
USS Iowa Explosion
NASA Shuttle Challenger Tragedy
NASA Shuttle Columbia Tragedy
The Road Ahead
"Glismann undertook a difficult endeavor to take system safety engineering out of the science discourse and into a discussion of social breakdown. Glismann offers a clear narrative of the social aspects to argue that safety breakdown has more to do with the C4 than flawed system analysis. His argument is an ideal introduction to safety and a must read for managers."
—Kevin J. Brogan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA